Quantifying On-Farm Energy Usage in the Australian Meat Chicken Industry

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56 pages
Code: 14-124
Published: 7 Jan 2015
Author(s): Eugene McGahan
Contributor(s): Rod Davis, Glenn Poad
ISBN: 978-1-74254-741-1

Energy is a key input to chicken meat production that is under increasing price pressure. In order to improve the efficiency with which energy is used on chicken farms, growers require data to benchmark performance of on-farm energy use. This will put them in a better position to determine the practicality and cost effectiveness of looking at alternative energy systems, shedding management and design. This project therefore sought to generate data on annual on-farm energy usage at several typical meat chicken farms in south eastern Queensland and the relative contributions that various on-farm components have on annual energy usage. Data from this project can be used by industry to identify opportunities to improve on-farm energy efficiency.